UCL Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture, Spring 2011

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on January 24, 2011

From UCL:

University College London, Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture
UCL Department of History of Art, 20-21 Gordon Square, London, 6pm

Organized in collaboration with the Courtauld Institute of Art

24 January
Mary Sheriff (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Calypso’s Island and the Lure of Enchantment in the Art of the French Regency

7 February
Miles Ogborn (Queen Mary University of London)
The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Early Modern Caribbean

21 February
Judy Loach (Cardiff University)
Engraving and Printing, Visibility on Matter and Invisibility on Hearts and Souls

14 March
Rose Maria San Juan (University College London)
Unavailable Knowledge: Eve in the Wax Anatomical Cabinet

Magnasco Painting for the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on January 24, 2011

Writing for The Art Tribune (14 December 2010), Didier Rykner happily notes that the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme in Paris recently acquired The Jewish Funderal, “a superb painting” by Alessandro Magnasco (1667-1749). The downside is that

Alessandro Magnasco, "Homage to Pluto" (Photo: Galerie Canesso

Alessandro Magnasco, "The Jewish Funeral" (Paris, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme) Photo: Galerie Canesso

this canvas which had been reunited with its companion piece, Homage to Pluto, by the previous owner will once again find itself separated. Understandably, the museum was only interested in the first which was declared ‘a work of major importance to heritage’ by the Commission des tresors nationaux. It was the only one which could thus benefit from a contribution by a patron (who has for the time being remained anonymous), making it possible for it to join the museum collections.

The pairing of the two subjects, one representing a pagan ceremony, the other a Jewish rite, corresponds to the artist’s (and perhaps the person commissioning) wish to illustrate two non-Catholic religious events although their association may seem a bit strange. Despite the fact that this seems to be the only known scene of a Jewish funeral by Magnasco, the painter also represented synagogue interiors on various occasions such as, for example, in a painting held in Cleveland.

The full article is available here»